5 Rules for Writing Well: C. S. Lewis’s Letter to a Young Writer

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Education, Inspiration, Writing | 1 comment

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Do you have any favorite authors whose work you rave about to anyone who will listen?

You’ve read all of their books and may have even tried to imitate their style. Wouldn’t you love it if you could converse with them and get their feedback on how you could improve your writing?

In 1956, C. S. Lewis did just that for a young fan.

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4 Essential Books on Writing for Every Writer’s Toolbox

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Books, Writing | 6 comments

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The seventeenth century writer Ben Johnson once observed, “For a man to write well, there are required three necessaries. To read the best authors, observe the best speakers: and much exercise of his own style.”

Johnson’s words emphasize that if we want to learn to write well, we must study the rules of grammar and the techniques of great authors. Before we can construct a palace with our own words, we need a foundation with which to build. In today’s post, I’m sharing four books that have served as several of my best writing teachers. They’ve helped me strengthen my knowledge of grammar and develop my stylistic technique. I hope they will also help you on your way to mastering the craft of writing.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Inspiring Writing Workspace

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Creativity, Productivity, Writing | 8 comments

writingworkspaceMy parents recently surprised me with a wonderful gift: a beautiful leather office chair. Though I do all of my writing on my laptop (it’s easy to carry around so I can create a workspace nearly anywhere), I have found that I am much more productive when working in my room at my desk. Naturally, this new chair was the perfect addition to my little writing office.

Every writer needs a tranquil, comfortable place where he or she can retreat to, a private laboratory to experiment with new ideas and plan out new projects. The other day I was looking through the photos of the workplaces of a number of famous authors. They were all unique; some were large and sprawling while others were cramped and disorderly. But all of them shared five important characteristics that seemed essential when creating an inspiring workspace. Read on to discover these five important traits and how you too can create your own writing laboratory.

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Writing Ninjas: How to Write a Book Report (video)

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Videos, Writing | 6 comments

New video episode from the Writing Ninjas: How To Write A Book Report!

New video episode from the Writing Ninjas!

Book reports are one of the most common essays assigned in school. By writing a book report, you practice outlining, summarizing, using descriptive words, and presenting your opinion. You also strengthen your reading comprehension and assure your teacher that you actually read the book she assigned. Learning how to outline and write a book report will equip you with the skills necessary for writing more advanced critique papers in the future (book reviews, movie reviews, etc).

In today’s episode of the new Writing Ninjas video series, I’m sharing a quick and easy outline that will have you writing a book report in no time.

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5 Steps to Starting a Writing Club & Why You Should

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Creativity, Productivity, Writing | 6 comments

Writing can be a lonely task. A writing club provides you with fellow adventurers during your writing journey.

Writing can be a lonely task. A writing club provides you with fellow adventurers during your writing journey.

If you want to become a successful novelist or painter or musician, it doesn’t happen overnight. Many different factors are necessary including hard work, practice, and dedication. When reading about the lives of several famous writers, I discovered another important ingredient that contributed to their success: a writing club. Having a group of fellow writers who critiqued their work and encouraged them along the way was an essential part of their writing process.

Of course, it isn’t only writers who can form these kinds of clubs. Gathering together several likeminded friends working on similar endeavors to yours could be just the missing ingredient you all need to successfully launch your next big idea or finish a current project. In today’s post, I’ll share why these groups can be so beneficial and five steps you can take to get started forming your own.

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How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay (video)

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Videos, Writing | 9 comments

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New video episode from the Writing Ninjas!

Learning how to outline and write a five-paragraph essay will equip you with the skills necessary for writing any kind of essay or article: book reviews, persuasive essays, opinion pieces, and much more. Indeed, the five-paragraph essay contains the building blocks for any essay you will need to write in the future.

In today’s episode of the new Writing Ninjas video series, I’m sharing a quick and easy guide that will have you writing powerful five-paragraph essays in no time. You will learn how to construct strong thesis statements, introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.

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